Oh Ekblad, that is heartbreaking! I will be thinking of that poor little girl and her parents.
Shannon, Any updates today?
Hevasoul, The FISH stands for fluorescent in situ hybridization, which basically means that they take some cells from the amniotic fluid and use fluorescent dyes to "light up" parts of the 13, 18, 21, and X and Y chromosomes. They can't tell if anything is wrong with any of the other chromosomes, or if there are bits that have been rearranged, but they can tell if there are 2 (normal) or three (trisomy). The most common chromosomal abnormalities are 13, 18, and 21 (Downs) and some sex-linked ones, so the FISH rules those out. I was told high risk for Down Syndrome, and that has been ruled out. They told me the full amnio was very unlikely to reveal any abnormalities not picked up by the FISH. HTH
Hello Kitty, Not buying pink any time soon. We have so much left over from our first (most of which was pink because other people bought it...). I will probably buy a pretty lavendar outfit, or a soft green as her "coming home" outfit. I'm also going to start getting together some cloth diapers!
Weesej, wow! Are you thinking twins? If I thought that, I would be getting an ultrasound so fast it would make your head spin, but that is mostly because I don't like surprises, and twins would not be a surprise that I would want to deal with during labor! When do you think you'll be able to find out with a manual exam?
Ella, YES! The world is a much happier place! Apart from the tension headache that I had all day yesterday, it was really one of the happiest days of my life! My dd is so excited to know that she's going to have a sister. We've already picked the name, so Melanie is calling her sister by name now. It is very cute. When Mel was born, she was early, so she didn't outgrow newborn clothes for several months. She was 10 pounds 8 oz at 2 months, and she seemed to pretty much follow the sizes on clothing all the way through. She still does, in that she can sometimes wear a 2T, but usually a 3T now as she is almost 3 (OMG, my baby is almost 3!). Some people suggest buying a coming home (if you birth outside the home) or a picture outfit in a preemie size in case your baby is small. I have friends that said even their almost 8 pound newborn was swimming in a newborn size for the first week or so.
Okay, I'm going to change my sig, and get ready for work. I'm on vacation for a month after today!!! Hooray!